See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern,1 what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
So even though I wrote to you,2 it was not on account of the one who did the wrong3 or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are.
By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus4 was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.
I had boasted to him about you,5 and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus6 has proved to be true as well.
And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient,7 receiving him with fear and trembling.816
I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.9